Mars is another one that is understood pretty well by way of a scientific fact. Though we often talk about you know, colonies on Mars and such, these have not ended well, usually. Humanity’s been trying to get up close and personal with the red planet since about 1960 or so and often, these things fail before they even get started. In fact, in 1999, the most infamous $193 million failure was due to some confusion when well, some were using the superior metric system and others were not. Since the turn of the century, however, only 1 of 12 missions has failed but historically: there’s been about a 50/50 change something’s going to go totally sideways. Kinda what you get for naming the moons Deimos and Phobos, really- panic and fear don’t usually make for great insights.
Uranus smells bad.
Look, I had to get that out of the way. It probably will not be the last but, if you have ever known an Aquarius, wordplay involving this mispronunciation is absolutely appropriate. Uranus rules Aquarius, by the way (if Aquarius would ever admit to anything ruling it). This is another one of those outer planets we can’t really see without some help. Discovered in 1781 by William Herschel, it again denotes things nobody really wants to admit but everyone knows are there. Like that odd smell in the open office. Is someone cooking fish in the microwave again or did you just indulge in a milkshake at lunch when you knew you probably shouldn’t? Who knows?
As the farthest known planet from the Sun in our solar system, Neptune, the 8th planet’s astronomical description is entirely appropriate to its astrological. It’s the densest giant planet and it moves very slowly. In astrology, it rules Pisces and is considered the planet of deception, spirituality, illusion, and addiction. It’s not all bad, though- as with other things, the flip sides are the good sides and intuition, dreams, sensitivity, mercy and compassion also fall under its auspices.
When people write about Pluto, they almost always point out that in Roman mythology, this was the god of the underworld. I think that might be underplaying things just a bit. If you take it back to the earlier version, the Greek, you might get a better idea of what this represents: Hades. Of course in this respect, we’re talking about a God but, the place about sums it up, too. In essence, though, your own personal Hades. Of course, knowledge of Pluto gets just a bit murky on the planetary front when you look at astrology- and I have always found it just a little odd how so many paint the astrology of this planet as ancient when in fact, we didn’t even discover it until 1930. A little kid named it, incidentally, it’s a great story.
|Planet||Stationary (retrograde)||Opposition||Stationary (direct)||Notes|
|Mercury||13 October, 2020||24 October, 2020||3 November, 2020||water|
|Mercury||30 January, 2021||20 February, 2021||air|
|Mercury||29 May, 2021||22 June, 2021||air|
|Mercury||27 September, 2021||18 October, 2021||air|
|Mercury||14 January, 2022||3 February, 2022||air|
|Mercury||10 May, 2022||2 June, 2022||air|
|Mercury||9 September, 2022||2 October, 2022||air|
|Mercury||29 December, 2022||18 January, 2023||earth|
|Venus||19 December, 2021||29 January, 2022||in earth-sign Capricorn|
|Venus||22 July, 2023||23 September, 2023||in fire-sign Leo|
|Venus||1 March, 2025||12 April, 2025||Begins in fire-sign Aries, ends in water-sign Pisces|
|Mars||9 September, 2020||13 October, 2020||14 November, 2020||in fire-sign Aries|
|Mars||30 October, 2022||12 January, 2023||in air-sign Gemini|
|Mars||6 December, 2024||23 February, 2025||Begins in air-sign Leo ends in water-sign Cancer|
|Jupiter||14 May, 2020||13 July, 2020||13 September, 2020|
|Jupiter||20 June, 2021||18 October, 2021|
|Saturn||11 May, 2020||21 July, 2020||29 September, 2020|
|Saturn||23 May, 2021||23 July, 2021||10 October, 2021|
|Uranus||15 August, 2020||31 October, 2020||14 January, 2021|
|Uranus||19 August, 2021||18 January, 2022|
|Neptune||23 June, 2020||11 September, 2020||29 November, 2020|
|Neptune||25 June, 2021||13 September, 2021||1 December, 2021|
|Pluto||25 April, 2020||4 October, 2020|
|Pluto||27 April, 2021||6 October, 2021|